Native New Yorker has dropped “New Yorker” is now simply “Native.” The Phoenix-based company’s management made the switch after realizing that customers already referred to the pizza and wing restaurant as “Native.”

JILL TORRANCE / the Arizona Daily Star 2008

UA-area Kababeque to reopen this weekend

Kababeque Indian Grill will tear down the brown paper that has covered the windows and door the past couple months and unveil a new, invigorated space.

The restaurant, 845 E. University Blvd., is expected to reopen this weekend, once it has passed the final city inspections, said General Manager Chandra Meanger.

Work over the past two months included redoing the kitchen and installing new equipment, and remodeling the dining room.

“It’s a small space,” said Meanger. “We wanted to give it a face lift and create more space. We have revamped the whole restaurant and put in a new storefront” that includes accordion-style windows.

Kababeque has been on East University for 10 years. Meanger said the menu will stay mostly the same and prices might go up a bit. He said it’s been a few years since the restaurant has increased prices.

Kababeque will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Meanger said at some point, the hours might be extended to 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Native loses New Yorker, keeps NY menu

Native New Yorker has dropped “New Yorker” from its logo and is now simply going by Native.

The move comes amid the realization by the Phoenix-based company’s top management that its customers already referred to the pizza and wing restaurant as “Native.”

The company’s official name is Native Grill and Wings.

Native, whose Buffalo, N.Y.-inspired menu also includes buffalo wings, beef-on-weck sandwiches and a Friday fish fry, has two Tucson area locations: 8225 Courtney Paige Way in Marana; and 3100 E. Speedway.

Opening soon after move from Mercado

Owner of the three-year-old Taqueria El Pueblito hopes to open the restaurant’s new digs on East Fort Lowell Road on Monday.

The Mexican restaurant, helmed by chef/owner Rodolfo “Rudy” Delgado, had been at Mercado San Agustin downtown but lost its lease. Delgado’s children also work in the restaurant.

The new space, 1800 E. Fort Lowell Road at North Campbell Avenue, features a small patio and can seat about 40 in the dining room. At the Mercado, it had no dining room and shared patio seating with other businesses.

Delgado prepares a scratch menu that uses his own recipes for traditional regional fare from his native Zacatecas and Jalisco in Mexico.

This is his first American restaurant, although he ran restaurants in Mexico for 20 years before moving to Tucson just over four years ago.

Hours: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays.

Now closed

Cold Stone Creamery in Marana has closed.

The ice cream shop was in the Fry’s Plaza, 7850 N. Silverbell Road off North Cortaro Road.

Cathalena E. Burch

I cover music for the Arizona Daily Star.